Dehradun: The latest decision of the University Grant Commission (UGC) to regulate the appointment of lecturers in colleges has come as a mixed baggage. 

While the higher education regulator has directed all the lecturers, including those working on a contract basis, who have joined colleges after 2010 on the basis of their PhD degrees to clear NET within a year, it has directed the government to pay the contracted lecturer a similar salary paid to a regular lecturer.

While the hiked salary would bring cheers on the faces of lecturers working on contract, they also stand a chance of losing their job if they do not clear NET this year.

With an aim to reform higher education, the UGC issued direction in this regard on July 6 for all the colleges and universities nationwide.

The state Universities would also face the brunt of the new directions of the UGC.  Around 500 teachers are likely to be affected by the new direction of the Commission in Uttarakhand alone.

C S Mehta, Registrar of Uttarakhand Technical University and Uttaranchal Sanskrit University, said, “The University has received UGC letter. These directions may prove of great importance for educational reform.

Further strategy would be determined after getting directions from government. Till now, no letter has been received by Technical University. New address would have caused the delay.”

At present, out of 1200 lecturers’ post in Uttarakhand, 1000 posts are on contract basis. However, all the state governments have been directed to employ only 10 percent of the total seats on contract basis.